BIBLIOTECA HORTICULTURA

BIBLIOTECA HORTICULTURA

  • Dimare Fresh chooses safe & reliable ethylene application for fruit ripening with Catalytic Generators

    Dimare Fresh chooses safe & reliable ethylene application for fruit ripening with Catalytic Generators

    Providing the equipment to ripen fresh produce is more than just a business to Catalytic Generators – it’s serving the public by providing them with ripe, ready to eat produce. “We want every shopper to be able to walk into their local grocer, need tropical fruit or tomatoes for that night’s recipe, or tomorrow’s breakfast, find them, and purchase them,” stated Greg Akins, President & CEO of Catalytic Generators. The DiMare Company has helped to supply North America with ready to eat produce by using Catalytic Generators’ ethylene generators and Ethy-GenÂź II Ripening… Read more

  • Focused on ripening and degreening – Flexible solutions for ethylene management

    Focused on ripening and degreening – Flexible solutions for ethylene management

    Catalytic Generators specializes in ripening solutions and recently issued the Auto Ripe Generator 2021, for rooms with limited space. It is the newest of a range of ripening solution focused on making ease and safe the ripening process. What is the main focus in Catalytic Generators proposal? The process of producing ethylene in ripening rooms was invented and patented by Catalytic Generators in 1973. The system consists of a catalytic-type generator that converts a liquid concentrate, called Ethy-GenÂź II, into safe levels of ethylene, which is a natural plant hormone produced by… Read more

  • Ripening room & Degreening room management

    Ripening room & Degreening room management

    Catalytic Generators has partnered with Felix Instruments to develop high and low range Ethylene Management Controllers with a variety of sensors with ranges specific to the fruit you ripen or degreene. Focusing on pre- and postharvest applications, Felix Instruments helps fresh market professionals maximize the value of their products. With years of experience in ethylene ripening, Catalytic Generators understands the need for ethylene control in real-time, without the hassle of physically going to each individual ripening room. This is why we’ve collaborated to develop ripening room… Read more

  • Ripe & ready to eat mangos increase retail sales

    Ripe & ready to eat mangos increase retail sales

    Similar to how ripening has impacted the world of avocados, bananas, pears, kiwis, and other produce items, it has completely revolutionized the mango industry. The National Mango Board, working alongside produce professionals, has determined that ripening protocols, sometimes called pre-conditioning, have had a positive impact on consumer satisfaction and sales for ripened fruit. “We have seen retailers who have converted to the ripening program sustain increases in volume", said Tammy Wiard, retail marketing manager for the National Mango Board. Read more

  • Don’t use Calcium Carbide to ripen fruit!

    Don’t use Calcium Carbide to ripen fruit!

    Several countries use Calcium Carbide as an artificial ripening agent. Also known as “masala,” this is a dangerous and deadly process; when wet, the Calcium Carbide reacts with the water and produces acetylene gas, which mimics ethylene action and is used as an artificial ripening agent. However, acetylene is not nearly as effective as ethylene (much more must be used for it to be effective) and acetylene is not a natural plant hormone like ethylene. Also, this Calcium Carbide process will likely give off traces of arsenic and phosphorus, both highly toxic to humans. Furthermore, since… Read more

  • Optimizing your banana ripening room for ethylene application

    Optimizing your banana ripening room for ethylene application

    As the go-to potassium source, breakfast item, or quick energy supply, bananas are beloved to consumers worldwide. As a ripener, providing customers with the highest quality, perfectly ripened bananas available should be a goal across the entire fresh produce industry. The first step in providing customers with exceptional quality bananas is preparing and optimizing banana ripening rooms for ethylene application. Read more

  • Ethylene generators exempted from fire codes in ripening rooms

    Ethylene generators exempted from fire codes in ripening rooms

    CATALYTIC GENERATORS’ unique ethylene systems comply with the international testing standards of TÜV (TÜV SÜD America) which exempts ripeners from making special room adaptions for international fire code compliance within ripening rooms. According to Section 2506.1 “Ethylene Generators” of the International Fire Code: “Ethylene generators shall be listed and labeled by an approved testing laboratory, approved by the fire code official; and used only in approved rooms in accordance with the ethylene generator manufacturer’s instructions. The listing evaluation shall include… Read more

  • Preharvest and postharvest tools to determine the quality of fresh produce

    Preharvest and postharvest tools to determine the quality of fresh produce

    “To meet today’s expectations of buyers and consumers, it is important for quality checks to be done throughout all stages of the supply chain,” says Greg Akins, President of CATALYTIC GENERATORS. Preharvest: measuring brix and firmness. Quality testing starts before produce is even harvested. By measuring brix and fruit firmness, fruit maturity can be determined, indicating when the fruit is ready to be harvested. “Digital refractometers and handheld penetrometers help with gauging fruit maturity,” shared Akins. When testing fruit firmness, the penetrometers automatically freeze… Read more

  • Pear conditioning for profits

    Pear conditioning for profits

    Conditioned pears are described by Pear Bureau Northwest as pears that have been brought to the “just starting to ripen” state. Conditioning refers to the application of ethylene, a natural plant hormone produced by fruit as it ripens. To begin this process for pears, the commodity is placed in a ripening room, warmed to room temperature, and treated with ethylene. Once the desired firmness is reached, the temperature is rapidly brought down to 32°F. Other factors that must be managed include the time of ethylene application, pulp temperature, humidity, and CO2 levels. In 2012, the… Read more

  • A smarter approach to monitoring & management of fruit storage facilities

    A smarter approach to monitoring & management of fruit storage facilities

    Environmental factors in fruit storage play an extraordinarily important role in determining post-harvest fruit quality and shelf-life. Storage facilities, as the name suggests, store fruit after it is harvested and before it is shipped to stores. Ripening rooms, which are often a part of larger storage facilities, have the specialized task of ripening unripe fruit. While their processes differ, the goals of storage and ripening facilities are similar – to control the environmental factors that affect fruit ripening and shelf-life. Read more